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Explore STL through food! This guidebook's a culinary adventure from Farmers' Markets to Mexican Mercados - with tips and reviews.

We have reached our goal! We are overwhelming thankful to everyone that has gotten us here. Your support has made this dream deferred a reality!

We are now - officially - enacting a stretch goal of $10,000. If we can get to this point we can add wonderful things to the book that will be a reward for everyone! We want to publish an e-version of Shop Like A Chef, as well as better quality photos, easy to read maps of each neighborhood, and more recipes. Please help us reach our next goal in the few remaining days - everyone will thank you. 

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About six years ago I started writing a book, it was a guidebook highlighting small and local grocery stores in St. Louis. In 2008 the economy crashed and I became consumed with my job as executive chef of Local Harvest Cafe in South City - these factors lead to me shelving the project, for what I thought was forever. 

Fast forward to 2012, where I found myself with a little more free time. I decided to dust off the files, reread the manuscript, and dive back in. This time around I enlisted the help of local food writer, Matt Sorrell, and really fill this book with helpful information and delicious food. I am so excited to finally be making this book (and all the work I poured into it) a reality! 

Unhappy with the conventional publishing structure, Matt and I have decided to pair with a publishing consultant and print "Shop Like A Chef" ourselves!!! Your pledge will help us with printing, design, and marketing costs - so we can get the book we envisioned on shelves as soon as possible. 

Below I have included the description of our book, "Shop Like A Chef: A Food Lover's Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods."

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"Shop Like a Chef: A Food Lover's Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods" is the quickest way to shop small and local. This guidebook highlights all manner of grocery and specialty stores in the St. Louis area, broken down for easy access into neighborhoods as well as store type. The first chapter features over 15 neighborhoods in the Metro Area, giving a little history of each and the current demography in relation to the grocery stores that remain open today. The second set of chapters separates the stores by way of type - or usually, ethnicity. From Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia to Natural Food Stores, there are about 18 more chapters full of helpful information for the new and experienced grocery shoppers alike. Each of these chapters includes a lexicon of items you might find in each type of stores listed - with a small description of how to buy and use these items.

The book includes Side Bars, full of interesting tidbits and tips, as well as over 2 dozen tested recipes. The Foodie's Guidebook aims to be charming and entertaining, with real functionality for folks that want to get to know their neighborhoods better, or start supporting smaller businesses, or expand their culinary knowledge, or just to have a fun foodie adventure.

Your pledge will help us fund production - from design to printing - and get this book on the shelves by Fall 2013. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This KickStarter will fund our budgeted production costs - the only setbacks I foresee are hidden costs and production taking longer than expected.

We are working with a professional publishing consultant, so I feel the chances of this are highly unlikely.

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